A Cappella Choir to sing for worship

Central College’s A Cappella Choir will sing at Central Presbyterian Church on Sunday, April 8, 2018, at 10:15 a.m.

April 3, 2018

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACTS:
Rich Dewein, Central Presbyterian Church Music Director
515-577-4787
Mark Babcock, B.A., M.M. M. Joan Kuyper Farver Endowed Chair in Music and Associate Professor of Music at Central College,
515-577-5138

Central College’s A Cappella Choir to sing for worship
at Central Presbyterian Church on April 8

Central Presbyterian Church welcomes the Central College A Cappella Choir to sing annually in the sanctuary at the church located at 39th Street and Grand Avenue in Des Moines. This special worship service will be held Sunday, April 8, 2018, at 10:15 a.m. Music selections include: Vidi Aquam by Michael McCarthy; O Love by Elaine Hagenberg; I Will Be a Child of Peace by Elaine Hagenberg; My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord arranged by Moses Hogan; and The Lord Bless You by E. Fred Morris.

The Central College A Cappella Choir is a 70-member ensemble that has gained a reputation for its diverse repertoire as well as for its excellence in choral music since its founding in 1932. The Choir performs at an artistic level worthy of performances at the Washington National Cathedral and the New York City Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Although its ranks of students represent a wide range of majors both musical and nonmusical, all are similarly committed to collectively sharing the power of music.

The choir is under the direction of Mark Babcock, B.A., M.M. M. Joan Kuyper Farver Endowed Chair in Music and Associate Professor of Music at Central College. The choir embarks on annual tours throughout the Midwest and coastal regions and plans international excursions every four years.

A few years ago, in a little mountain village in Italy, the A Cappella Choir moved to tears a crowd who didn’t even speak English. The concert was standing room only, and the applause was thunderous. It was an experience no one in the choir would ever forget – a performance more meaningful than the ones in huge Roman cathedrals.

Moments like this demonstrate the power of music for director Mark Babcock, associate professor of music at Central College. “I witness on a daily basis that music transforms students,” he says. “It helps them to connect to each other and to bigger ideas than themselves. And it helps them step out of a mundane existence into things more grand, beautiful and more life-giving.”

Be sure to mark your calendars for this annual event at Central. This worship service is sure to be a highlight!

Central Presbyterian Church is a vibrant, growing congregation of nearly 600 members located on Des Moines’ beautiful west side at the corner of 39th and Grand. Our church attracts members from throughout the Des Moines metro area, from city and suburb alike. We are an inclusive church that values diversity, and doesn’t expect everyone to look or believe or think exactly alike.

Central is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), though our members come from a wide variety of different denominational backgrounds to form a community centered in Jesus Christ. We invite you to come in and take a closer look at who we are and what we do. Or visit our Web site at www.dmcpc.org.

For more information about Central College’s music program, please visit the college Web site at www.central.edu/fine-arts/ensembles/.

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